In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, is likely to result in them being injured, lost, or worse.


Whether it is an earthquake, home fire, flood, mud slide or high winds, prepare now for the day when you and your pets may have to leave your home.

Local and state health and safety regulations do not allow you to take your pet into a disaster shelter. This means that YOU are solely responsible for their safety and welfare.


Assemble your Portable Pet Disaster Supplies Kit

Whether you are away from home for a day or a week, you'll need essential supplies. Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers that can be carried easily (a duffle bag or covered trash containers, for example). Your pet disaster supplies kit should include the following basics:


  •  Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit.• Your veterinarian name and telephone number. 

  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can't escape.

  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.

  • Food, potable water (three day minimum!), bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener.• Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems in case you have to foster or board your pets.• Pet bed or toys if easily transportable.

  • Alternate Contact information (family or friends who you contact after an emergency)


To help you prepare your family for the “Big One,”or any other disasters, contact your local Red Cross to take classes in First Aid, (Adult/Child and Pet), prepping for Disaster and more.

For a list of local classes, please visit: Silicon Valley Red Cross

The Silicon Valley Chapter is located at:

American Red Cross

2731 North First Street

San Jose, CA 95134 

Phone: 877-727-6771

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